Hi, My name is….well….I can’t tell you my name or I’ll blow my detective cover, but I am a tea and coffee addict. Yep, I don’t go a day with out it and don’t even want to imagine what it would be like if I had to. First world problems. However, I do like to keep things on the healthy side, so, no, I am not a regular at Starbucks and only allow myself one barista visit per week, which happens to be at our church’s coffee shop. So at home I like to play around occasionally to mix things up, and that is how my recipe for healthy pumpkin turmeric tea came about. Keep scrolling to find out how to whip up your own mug.
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Some of the best recipes are simple ones, and this tea is just that. All it takes is to add your ingredients and mix. Plus, it contains one of the healthiest natural supplements on the market, turmeric.
What’s there to know about turmeric?
Turmeric has moved into the spotlight in recent years because of its anti-inflammatory properties. However, there are many other benefits from including turmeric in your diet on a regular basis.
Turmeric is available as a supplement in two forms: powder and capsules. I have trouble remembering to take capsules so I thought I would try the powder option first, although I recommend having both on hand. When I first sampled the powder it was in my daily protein shake. The taste was okay but because turmeric must be accompanied by black powder for absorption purposes, it wasn’t my favorite flavor. I played around with different recipes but couldn’t seem to get it just right, until a friend gave me a recipe from her company chef for a warm drink with the power packing spice.
I took his recipe for the drink and began to adjust it to my liking, varying ingredients and trying different blends. One fall day I was craving pumpkin. I knew I had already had too much coffee so I decided to make tea. After remembering I had purchased pumpkin puree to make pumpkin oatmeal, and knowing I never use the whole can before it goes bad, I dropped a spoonful into my tea. The rest is history, or recipe history at least.
Turmeric is a spice originating in India. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. To be effectively absorbed by the body it must be accompanied by black pepper. The combination of the the two spices offers a variety of health benefits that make it hard to argue why you shouldn’t be including turmeric in your daily diet.
- Natural anti-inflammatory– often turmeric is used to treat conditions such as arthritis and is good for your joints.
- Aids in weight loss– turmeric and black pepper can boost metabolism and be an effective tools in weight loss plans.
- Boosts Immunity and Prevents disease– Helps your body fight against every day viruses and bacteria, but also can prevent and even treat diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer.
- Controls diabetes– is known to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels for diabetic patients.
- Aids digestion– promotes a healthy digestion process and regularity.
- Reduces cholesterol– can help control cholesterol levels.
- Protects the liver– produces enzymes that detoxify the body’s blood and cleans the liver.
- Detoxifies and increases energy– promotes detoxification and cleaning out of “the junk” that slows you down, which in turn can boost energy levels.
- Natural antibiotic– fights against harmful bacteria both inside the body and out.
How To Use It
As mentioned you can get turmeric as a supplement, just be sure to buy one that includes piperine or bioperine, which is black pepper. Without it, the essential element, curcumin, will just pass through your body.
Here are two reputable brands of turmeric to purchase:
Healthy Pumpkin Turmeric Tea
- 8oz. Hot water
- 3 Tbsp organic coconut milk or 2 Tbsp coconut cream
- 1-2 Tbsp organic pumpkin puree
- 1 Tsp organic agave or raw honey
- 1/4 Tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 Tsp black pepper
- 1 tea bag of green tea
- pinch of cinnamon
Heat your water in a tea kettle. If you are heating the water in the microwave leave some room in the mug to add ingredients.
In the bottom of a mug add all of your ingredients. Pour in your piping hot water. Let the tea bag seep for 3-5 minutes. Stir the ingredients. Drink and enjoy.
Tip: Keep stirring occasionally because some of the ingredients, like the turmeric and pepper can settle at the bottom.